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Welcome to Barbara Laffan Designs!
I've created art all my life: paintings and intaglio prints, mostly. One day I went into an amazing bead store near my house, Ritual Adornments (now in Santa Fe). I decided I had to try to make some jewelry using their unusual and fabulous beads! I didn't know anything at that point, used sewing thread for my necklace, and tied a discreet knot at the end of my clasp-less creation! I kept making pieces and took lessons, becoming more and more immersed in my design work. It is so rewarding to finish a piece and realize that it's really beautiful, and that someone will love wearing it.
My shop features jewelry for real people with busy lives: affordable, wearable, sturdy, yet fashionable and beautiful. Wearing things that we love makes us feel good and confident.
I've gone to department stores or boutiques and have seen some outrageous things: $75…

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  • Female
  • Born on December 3
  • Joined November 18, 2010

Favorite materials

Beads, metal, wire, repurposed objects, wire mesh

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About

Welcome to Barbara Laffan Designs!
I've created art all my life: paintings and intaglio prints, mostly. One day I went into an amazing bead store near my house, Ritual Adornments (now in Santa Fe). I decided I had to try to make some jewelry using their unusual and fabulous beads! I didn't know anything at that point, used sewing thread for my necklace, and tied a discreet knot at the end of my clasp-less creation! I kept making pieces and took lessons, becoming more and more immersed in my design work. It is so rewarding to finish a piece and realize that it's really beautiful, and that someone will love wearing it.
My shop features jewelry for real people with busy lives: affordable, wearable, sturdy, yet fashionable and beautiful. Wearing things that we love makes us feel good and confident.
I've gone to department stores or boutiques and have seen some outrageous things: $75.00 for a necklace with a few plastic beads! How depressing. Customers deserve more but are getting less all the time. I definitely try to counteract that trend.
A variety of materials and techniques are employed in my work, and I constantly keep learning new things. Soon I'll learn to oxidize and put patina on metal, as well as cutting metal and designing with it.
I thought one of my early necklaces was the coolest ever! That is, until I heard a clatter on the floor. There it was, no longer on me, and in little bits.Things that can go wrong do, and usually at the worst time. So, I stress-test all pieces by shaking, pulling, dropping on hardwood floor. I guarantee my jewelry to last.
Repurposing material into a new object conflates conservation with art, and interests me greatly. Mixing old with new material can add to a piece's uniqueness and interest. I'm also interested in how different cultures adorned themselves throughout history.

Anyway: browse, enjoy, and please contact me with any questions you may have.

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